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“South Side Girl;” Update: Message – Michelle loves America!; daughters on stage

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 25, 2008 10:27 PM

The DNC is now airing its kinder, gentler Michelle Obama video.

It’s titled “South Side Girl.”

Reminding the American public about her Chicago roots and ties.

Did someone maybe think this (Ayers..Wright..Rezko…UChicago hospital dumping plan…etc…etc…etc…) might not be a good idea?

10:33pm Eastern…Michelle’s brother, Craig Robinson, is speaking. Vodkapundit’s Steve Green just quipped at our blogger central: “Why isn’t one of Barack’s brother speaking?”


10:39pm Eastern…She’s reading professionally from the teleprompter…but you know, she’s just an ordinary, civilian mom. Just like you.

10:46pm Eastern…Michelle gives Hillary Clinton a shout-out…applause…Joe Biden gets a shout-out…louder applause…

I stand here today at the crosscurrents of that history – knowing that my piece of the American Dream is a blessing hard won by those who came before me. All of them driven by the same conviction that drove my dad to get up an hour early each day to painstakingly dress himself for work. The same conviction that drives the men and women I’ve met all across this country:

People who work the day shift, kiss their kids goodnight, and head out for the night shift – without disappointment, without regret – that goodnight kiss a reminder of everything they’re working for.

The military families who say grace each night with an empty seat at the table. The servicemen and women who love this country so much, they leave those they love most to defend it.

The young people across America serving our communities – teaching children, cleaning up neighborhoods, caring for the least among us each and every day.

People like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters – and sons – can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.

People like Joe Biden, who’s never forgotten where he came from, and never stopped fighting for folks who work long hours and face long odds and need someone on their side again.

All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.

That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack’s journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

That is why I love this country.

Said with such practiced emotion. Such a professional performer.

10:49pm Eastern. A call for mental health care coverage gets more applause than either Hillary or Biden.

10:55pm Eastern. Michelle ends with “God bless America!”


10:56pm Eastern. Oh, dear. The Obama daughters are on stage talking with daddy via remote while he’s campaigning in Kansas City. Lots of “Hi, Daddy!” “Mommy looks cute!”

Oprah-i-zation of the DNC complete.


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